The Long Island Power Authority’s board of directors is expected to approve the proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm east of Montauk, N.Y., at a meeting July 20, said Thomas Falcone, the utility’s chief executive officer.
LIPA is already working with Deepwater Wind on a five-turbine, 30-megawatt windfarm near Block Island, Rhode Island and expects to award the approved Long Island farm to that contractor. Deepwater's website says 300 construction jobs were created to build the Rhode Island farm.
The turbines will be placed about 30 miles offshore and produce enough energy for 50,000 homes on the east end of Long Island. Deepwater Wind is also planning to build two battery storage facilities to be used when LIPA faces peak demand.
LIPA says the new windfarm could be powering Long Island customers by the end of 2022.